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Date Posted: Thursday, June 16, 08:51:26am
Author: Nestra
Subject: If you're a little bit masochistic...or even a lot...

You might enjoy the "discussions" of fanfic going on over in Lee Goldberg's blog. Fanfic is somewhat of a long-standing sore point for Mr. Goldberg; you can read all of his posts on the subject through the index on the left-hand side. The most recent discussions, however, were inspired by a radio program that took place a couple of days ago, discussing fic. I didn't get a chance to listen to it live, but there should be an MP3 up at some point.

Goldberg was a guest on that program, as were three very intelligent and articulate women who write fic in their other lives (including Rebecca Tushnet, who's actually a law professor who's written about fanfic and copyright law). I wasn't a fan of Goldberg's to begin with, but he moved himself up to A-level dislike by referring to his fellow guests as "dimwits" on his blog. I also find his viewpoint very interesting, given that he currently makes his living writing Diagnosis: Murder and Monk tie-in novels.

Anyway, there are pages and pages of comments on Goldberg's blog between the defenders and detractors of fanfic. Several authors and wannabe authors weigh in, with opinions ranging from "harmless hobby" to "pissing on the author." I think my favorite bit might be from the guy who said "what would happen if the fanficcers got their way and derivative works became legal and publishable?"

I'm sorry...was there a manifesto that I missed? Is that what we're all working toward? Because I'm just as happy as long as no one's getting a Cease and Desist order.

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